T32 ITOS Program Eligibility & Application Process


Eligible candidates for support as MUSC Hollings Cancer Center T32 ITOS Program Fellows must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited domestic or foreign educational institution.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have a verifiable status as a permanent resident.
  • The ITOS Program will prioritize candidates seeking their first postdoctoral experience, although a second postdoctoral training experience may be considered if there is an outstanding candidate changing his or her focus to oncogenic signaling.

Eligible T32 ITOS Program Faculty Mentors must meet the following requirements:

  • Have current R01-equivalent funding in cancer research congruent with ITOS Program themes spanning the Fellows’ participation in the Program (priority will be given to NCI-funded investigators).
  • Have a proven track record for mentoring excellence.

If you are interested in becoming an ITOS Program Faculty Mentor, please contact Philip H. Howe, Ph.D. (howep@musc.edu), or David Long, Ph.D. (longdt@musc.edu).

Application Process

There is a two-part application process for the ITOS Program. Candidates must first complete the pre-application form. Once the pre-application is submitted, a member of the Hollings administration team will contact the Program Faculty for the second part of the application process. This includes submitting a personal statement (1–2 pages) describing career goals and interests in training in the selected ITOS Program Faculty member’s laboratory, and three letters of recommendation, one of which may be from the nominating mentor.

For external applicants, it will be the mentor's responsibility to vet them per departmental protocol. It is ultimately the decision of the Program Faculty to move forward with the candidate. If the trainee is brought to campus, a meeting with Dr. Philip H. Howe is encouraged.